Night and Day Theming

The punchline: We need flat/zen themes with push-button dark/light theme settings that apply both system-wide and dark/light theming per individual app.

I am firstly and lastly a writer. But, Ubuntu was just too attractive for me not to understand development life under the hood. I’m one of the chosen who identifies with both app users and app developers. I stand in the middle and see the future.

For almost two years, I have watched my VPS/Desktop Ubuntu hobby mature into verb.ink beta. In the process, I have come to understand two best-kept secrets about theming.

  1. Coders and media workers need “dark” desktop/environment themes; writers need “light/bright” themes.

  2. There are WAY too many desktop themes for Ubuntu.

Light/Dark Themes: Writers v Coders

Dark themes are all about eyesight and pupil dilation. We see pictures, videos, and computer code better by looking at light letters against a dark background.

But, desktop publishing apps prepare text as it will appear on white, printed paper.  · · · →

Why I changed to Ubuntu GNOME Studio at 16.04

I use Ubuntu GNOME on all my machines. I write and maintain my quick install scripts here:

https://github.com/inkVerb/vubuntu/blob/master/vStudio

After the new 16.04 LTS, I knew some things could change. Some did, some didn’t. I will update this as the developers fix any problems.

KDE I still can’t stand.

Ubuntu (Unity) is a yeah-yeah-yeah-boo.

Ubuntu GNOME is great with mods.

Xubuntu is robust and delightfully boring as always.

Ubuntu Studio (Xubuntu-based) seems to have gotten a face lift. (a change for the better)

[rant] Before I get into these by item, I need to say: If the repo gods can get xscreensaver updated in time for 16.04 after two weeks of boot nags, what the hades is wrong with ownCloud and their grabastic version-named client repo URLs that have no 16.04… in April of an LTS year!? Only ownCloud rejected me on a GitHub bug fix pull—they wanted the bug, they said.  · · · →